The NCAA Committee on Infractions spoke loud and clear in their recent response to USC’s plea for mercy.
From page 8:
“We believe that the penalties imposed make clear to other institutions the message which the Committee on Infractions intended to convey: Similar strong penalties will be meted out to institutions that do [not] take the problem of sports agents and their runners seriously. It is not enough for institutions simply to educate student athletes about the dangers of unscrupulous agents. Schools must have appropriate staff and procedures in place to combat this significant problem. An institution that does not foster a climate of compliance on its campus should expect serious consequences.”
Though the NCAA doesn’t comment on ongoing investigations…which is why Jay Jacobs wasn’t able to offer a conclusion regarding the ongoing sCam Newton saga…among Auburn’s many clouds hanging over them is the NCAA’s curiosity with their relationship with “street agents.” Interviews with Greg Robinson and Trovon Reed do more than suggest as much. There have also been links made to Walt Williams’ relationship with Gus Malzahn, and the materializing of talent in Auburn from Williams’ realm of influence in his home state of Arkansas…where he played for Malzahn.
Williams company, Pinacle Preps, LLC, claimed to “represent” high school players for payment during the recruiting process. In fact, from his own website:
We’ve covered Williams in the past, but the only way “representing” a player for pay to potential suitors isn’t your definition of an agent is if you’re a member of the Auburn
In short, the NCAA has sent a message on the agent issue, and Auburn is currently swimming with sharks on the same issue. You don’t want to be Auburn, Tennessee, North Carolina or Ohio State right now.
Auburn wanted their moment in history. Looks like they’re about to get it.
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